Industrial risk management

Zodiac Aerospace deploys an industrial management policy that places paramount importance on personal health and safety, both at the Group’s sites and, via the REACH program, at its main suppliers.



An approach that puts personal health & safety first

In this context, the Group embarked on has an active policy to reduce accidents at work, with the objective of reducing the risk to zero. Industrial risk management results in two priority areas:

  • Fire prevention
  • Business continuity plans



Risk assessment

In view of the risks of fire and natural disasters, the sites are classified from A (highly protected) to D by the insurer. The Group has set itself the objective of counting only sites classified from A to C (low risk). 88 of the 91 sites were classified as A, B or C in 2015/2016 and actions were taken to enhance protection of the 3 medium risk sites (D).

The modes of restarting production activities in the event of a disaster are subject to a Group standard with communication management rules and, on more than 15 sites, business continuity plans.


Business Continuity Plan

The Group has set up business continuity plans (BCPs). In particular, these BCPs are designed to assess the risks and methods for restarting internal and sub-contracted production activities in the event of a major disaster at a Group site.

Substitution plan for hazardous substances

Zodiac Aerospace has strengthened its substitution plan for hazardous substance to protect its employees and to avoid a negative impact on the environment. Any additional chemical, used in our production, must be validated by the Environment / Safety Group managers. A database is in place in each site with all safety data sheets referenced. The Environment / Safety teams also rely on a decision support tool to quickly identify the danger of a product.

In France, the new ICPE regulation and the Seveso 3 directive have changed the nomenclature of chemical products and the methods for calculating danger level thresholds, leading the Group’s 28 sites to update their inventory of dangerous substances.

At the same time, several training plans have been put in place regarding the new labeling and classifications of chemical products in order to prepare for the new CLP (Conditioning, Labeling and Packaging) regulations.


Management of REACH challenges

To successfully eliminate each year 20% of the products or materials containing a chemical substance that presents a threat to people or the environment, the majority of operational entities have drawn up a substitution plan. The plan is structured around two priorities: on one hand the substances specified by the REACH regulation and type 1 CMR (1) (proven carcinogenic) added by the Group, secondly, products labeled dangerous for the environment and suspected carcinogens. The Group’s plan is based on data from these plans.

Since May 2016, the ZEN “Chemicals & REACH” Community from the internal social network offers support to users of Quick-SDS and Sitehawk platforms and encourages information sharing to facilitate the identification of chemical products that meet the Group’s priority criteria and to coordinate the substitution plans.


(1) Carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.


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Industrial risk management